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[liberationtech] Question about Open Mesh Project

Rebecca MacKinnon rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com
Sun Apr 17 18:39:56 PDT 2011


Thanks Charles! I'm reading up on various mesh wireless projects to try and get a sense of what's out there, what's working, what's getting the most traction, etc., so this is very helpful.
Cheers,
Rebecca

On Apr 17, 2011, at 7:27 PM, Charles N Wyble wrote:

> On 04/17/2011 05:48 PM, Rebecca MacKinnon wrote:
>> Dear all, 
>> 
>> Is anybody on this list involved with the Open Mesh Project?
> 
> Can you provide a link to which project you are referring to?
> Unfortunately many mesh projects have similar names. :)
> 
> I'm involved with the serval and villagetelco projects which are on the
> forefront of mesh networking without any centralized
> infrastructure.
> 
> OpenMesh requires a dash board for setup. VillageTelco has a dashboard
> that can be run locally (and isn't require in any
> way, shape or form).
> 
> I have used the OpenMesh system, as well as Meraki. They are very similar.
> 
>> 
>> It got a lot of press and buzz after the Great Egyptian Blackout, but
>> it looks like their forum has been inactive for over a month.
> 
> Yes. Mesh networking got a lot of attention at that point. 
> Unfortunately it didn't seem to manifest into any real contributions to
> the various
> projects. Those of us who have been working on VillageTelco just kept
> right on trucking.
> 
>> Just wondering whether it is still going forward and what folks on
>> this list who've been involved with mesh networking think of it.
>> 
> Check out the CommotionProject which was formed in direct response to
> the situation in Egypt.
> http://www.lockergnome.com/news/2011/02/19/egypt-commotion-wireless-mesh-project/
> I feel they are moving in the right direction. Taking meshes from "early
> adopter" to "mission critical support system for activists on the
> ground". They are looking at OLSR which seems less popular then BATMAN.
> The two mesh camps seem to have a certain amount of bickering going on.
> It's unfortunate. BATMAN does have the lions share of attention though.
> 
> 
> -- 
> Charles N Wyble charles at knownelement.com @charlesnw
> http://blog.knownelement.com
> Building tomorrows alternate default free zone
> 
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